Humpback Whale Research



2 - 12 weeks

July - September

Up to 8 people

Age 18+

From £1,899


2 - 12 weeks

July - Sept

July - Sept

Up to 8 people

Max 8

Age 18+

From £1,899

What's the project about?

From July to September every year, hundreds of humpback whales migrate to Mozambique to breed and calve. The goal of the humpback whale research project is for marine biologists to gather data on the annual migration of humpback whales in Mozambique. Volunteers assist a specialist whale researcher to gather data for scientific studies of these wonderful animals, which are then used for international policy-making.

Whale researchers on boat

How will I be contributing?

Humpback whale research volunteers participate in boat-based whale expeditions, and work with researchers to gather data on population numbers, behaviour, individual animal logging and identification, and pod structure. Learn practical research and data collection techniques including photo-identification, biopsy sampling and acoustic recordings. Volunteers also view and collect data on whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins, to support the work done on our Marine Conservation Programme.

What makes this project ethical?

The Humpback Whale Research project is run by a specialist marine biologist who collects annual data on Mozambique’s whales. The conservation biology research is focused on the levels of toxins accumulated in whale blubber. Volunteers gain a deep insight into whale biology and ecology and learn the main research techniques used to study them. The research is used to positively influence international policy-making around whale conservation and culling.


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